Niki D'Andrea, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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High Street | Photo by Mallory Turner   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Catchy alternative and blues-infused rock, classic rock giants, fusion rappers and Tejano music legends are all hitting stages near you this week. Cold War Kids Monday, September 20 at The Van Buren L.A.-based Cold War Kids bring their hook-filled alternative rock songs to town, in support of...

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A recent study by music streaming service Spotify showed Phoenix was the top city in the world for CD sales, beating L.A. and other urban centers like London and Paris. With several local music retail stores across the Valley, including multiple Zia Record Exchange outlets, Phoenix seems a perfect place for picking up a piece of ’90s nostalgia or classic rock on CD – or a hot new copy of the latest K-Pop sensation. Here...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week brings some music legends to town, along with indie and alternative rock sensations. Running from Bears Monday, September 13 at The Lost Leaf If creative jazz is your cup of tea, catch Running from Bears at The Lost Leaf. This Phoenix-based, six-piece ensemble’s performances are a mix of arrangements and alchemy, bursting with...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Everything from gypsy punk and Italian industrial metal to chart-topping country stars and ‘80s Brit pop is on tap for the next seven days. Gogol Bordello Monday, September 6 at The Van Buren Take some Romani music, mix it with some punk rock, and voila! You’re clapping in a mosh pit for alternative gypsy rock...

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  Photo by Carlos Varela   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Some huge music stars are coming this week, led by Guns ‘N Roses and capped off with Latin Grammy award-winner Pepe Aguilar. Guns ‘N Roses Monday, August 30 at Footprint Center The legendary rock band returns for a tour featuring a set list of hits, from “Welcome to the...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’ve got everything from monster heavy metal bands to smooth blues to Southwest folk. The Senators Friday, August 27 at Crescent Ballroom Arizona folk band The Senators play songs from their latest album, Wild Wide Open, with support from Riso and Adam Bruce. 8 p.m. Friday, August 27 at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N....

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Reggae-rock bands, Chicago-style blues, dubstep, and instrumental prog rock top the list this week. Strawberry Girls Wednesday, August 18 at The Rebel Lounge Instrumental prog rock trio Strawberry Girls bring their post-hardcore California sound to town in support of their fourth studio album, Tasmanian Glow. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18 at The Rebel Lounge, 2303...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. A diverse lineup this week includes African interpretations of bluegrass music, a celebration of Motown, psychedelic rock, regional Mexican music, and off-the-cuff country. Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band Monday, August 9 at The Nash Wednesday, August 11 at Ottowa University Musician Pascal Bokar, born in France and raised in Senegal, West Africa, leads eleven...

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PHOENIX magazine has named a lot of best bands over the years. And then the bands played on (well, some of them). Here’s what a handful of previous Best of the Valley winners are up to now. THE SUGAR THIEVES (2013, 2014) After months of isolation during the pandemic, the local blues folk group exploded with music, releasing two new albums in summer 2020. They continue to play a few times a month around the...

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  Photo courtesy The Hardways   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Arguably the biggest concert this week, The Maine at Crescent Ballroom on August 3, has sold out – but there are plenty of other shows (especially in the rock and jazz genres) to keep you entertained over the next seven days. Jiggle Monday, August 2 at The Lost Leaf...

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Brandon Decker | Photo Courtesy Macallan Agency   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Everything from a country band featuring a member of the Gin Blossoms to American Songbook jazz is on tap this week. Honeygirl Trio Wednesday, July 28 at Copper Blues Scott Johnson of the Gin Blossoms and Kira Brown play contemporary, cool acoustic country as two-thirds of Honeygirl...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re giving you details on three free shows (blues, folk and swing, oh my!), plus local retro rockers and a fast-picking guitarist from Austin.     Notes from Neptune  Friday, July 23 at Chandler Center for the Arts  Notes from Neptune plays it all with a touch of jazzy blues – classic rock, modern pop, Motown and more. This eclectic ensemble reinterprets songs by everybody...

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Snoop Dogg | photo by Jason Persse   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Our selections this week have global flavor, with Siberian swing and a sonic nod to Bastille Day alongside local artists and the incomparable Snoop Dogg. Red Elvises Tuesday, July 13 at Yucca Tap Room The pioneers of Siberian surf rock (yes, that’s a thing) bring their kooky...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. Our roundup this week starts with some keen Gen Z pop rock, continues with contemporary blues rock, glam punk, and big-name country, and wraps up with local hip-hop. Veronica Everheart Wednesday, July 7 at The Rebel Lounge At just 18 years old, local sensation Veronica Everheart makes mature indie pop rock that belies her years....

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Ramón Ayala | Photo by Aaron Markham   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week features a Mexican music legend, locally grown dark disco and a pioneer of electronic DJ jams. Ramón Ayala Friday, July 2 at Celebrity Theatre Legendary Norteño music master Ramón Ayala has been singing and playing his accordion professionally since 1963. He’s backed by the band...

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